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    Beachy Waves Hair Tutorial

    Hi everyone! After I put up my video on a day in our lives I’ve had several requests for a hair tutorial video. I thought it sounded like a fun idea, so here we go. Check out the video below to see how I create these loose curls!   While I take a shower daily, my hairdresser advised … [Read More...]

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    I’m Quilting. Say What? WIP

    What’s WIP you ask? It stands for “work in progress”. And I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot of WIP posts from me in the future. I know I haven’t posted much on my quilting projects, but that is because I’m kind of a new addict. So today marks my first, and hopefully not last, WIP post! I started … [Read More...]

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    A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener

    Happy new year everyone! School is officially back in session and we’re all rip-roaring ready to go! Well, kind of. Mostly we’re still mentally on vacation. But… We have to start sometime or we’ll be doing school over the summer, and no one wants that! So I thought I’d take time today to do a … [Read More...]

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    LEGO Education Go Carts & Sleds

    We've been using the LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms for our Co-op group for awhile now. Since we only meet once a month this kit is lasting us about 2 academic years which is nice. So far we've had a great time, and today we learned all about go carts and sleds. The lesson … [Read More...]

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    Strawberry, Pecan, Feta Salad Recipe

    This gorgeous salad is quick and easy, not to mention delicious!   I don’t always like to eat “kid food” for lunch, so I’m always looking for something a little more adult I can pull together. I found this pack of honey roasted pecans in the salad dressing isle of my grocery store and … [Read More...]

JAN
05
2015

Back in the swing of things!

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Good morning to all of my long time friends, homeschoolers, and new readers! It’s a brand new year, and schools a foot! And I’m so excited to start up again aren’t you? No? Okay, me neither. Despite my welcome picture here it’s a cold, dreary day, and no one wants to do school. Including the teacher. My husband didn’t want to go to work either. Everyone wanted to stay in jammies and have a snow day. We always take a nice long break over December. Partially because I LOVE Christmas and I prefer to spend our days making cookies, doing fun crafts, reading books, sledding, and otherwise just relaxing. I need a break and so does my family. It’s amazing, incredible, wonderful, relaxing, and just plain needed. But man sakes alive it’s hard to come back! The craziness of our homeschool days, sports, and various extra curricular activities seem like they all come rushing back in at one time. But as I lay in bed thinking of excuses of why we should start school tomorrow instead, I begin … [Read more...]

JAN
04
2015

January 2015 Holidays & Fun Days!

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Happy New year everyone! I can’t even believe it’s 2015. When I was little we used to play make-believe-games centered around what it would be like when we hit the 2000’s. We thought there would be flying cars, teleporters, and other various back-to-the-future/Star Trek type advances. While we aren’t quite there yet, those things are on the horizon! But for now, all that’s on my horizon is a backyard full of snowy bliss, along with a few more very very cold winter months ahead! As I write this it’s about 5 degrees outside, we’ve already shoveled and are now keeping warm by the fire with a little hot apple cider and some good movies. The lake is almost frozen over and the ice shanties will be coming out soon. Along with all of the crazy ice fishers who dare to venture out into the middle of the lake with all of their gear. We walked out there last year just to check it out and I have to say it was a bit terrifying knowing that I was standing in the middle of a lake. I can’t imagine … [Read more...]

DEC
31
2014

Happy New Year 2015!

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Happy New Year! I know I say this every year, but I really just can’t believe 2014 is gone already! I think I lost track of time somewhere around August…which seems to happen every year…go figure… I suppose it could be because that’s when school starts, and it’s also my busiest blogging month as far as orders and emails from you all. Sports start back up, and it’s also the time of year that I’m knee-deep in working on our church women’s retreat. So for me, it all hits at once, then snowballs from there. And bam! Before I know it, another year has passed! I hope you all had a great year, and am praying for an even better one in 2015. For us, 2014 brought some not so great health news for our families, but we’re thankful that God is working and everyone is currently doing well.   What’s Happening? This year Strawberry Shortcake will turn 12, Turbo will turn 11, Tinker Bell will turn 9, and the Teeny Tot, who will be 7 this year, has agreed to stay 5 forever to … [Read more...]

DEC
29
2014

January 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Happy 2015 everyone (almost)! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and are ready to start off the new year! I’m still reeling from the fact that another whole year has blazed by! So much that I’ve gotten off track with my meal planning so I’m vowing to get it together this year! That means I need to head to the grocery store, and I always take my January 2015 monthly meal plan with me so I know what I’m there for. Have you ever gotten to the grocery store and forgotten what you went there to get? I do. Sadly it happens all the time. So a list is a must for me. Right now I use an app on my iPhone called MyShopi. It allows me to pick my store, then enter my items. It then sorts them in the aisle they are found in which keeps me from backtracking while at the store, which is handy when you’re in a hurry! Or when you have 4 children with you who don’t want to be there if you catch my drift.   Download the January 2015 Menu: January 2015 Meal Plan PDF January 2014 … [Read more...]

DEC
25
2014

2015 Weekly Blog Planner – FREE!

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Hi everyone! Last week I released my new  2015 Colorful Blog Planner! I’ve had a bunch of requests to update a 2015 Weekly Blog Planner as well, so here you go! This was a specific requests from a few readers who really prefer to plan their blogs on a weekly basis instead of seeing a whole month at a time. –> Click here to download the 2015 Weekly Blog Planner FREE! <–   As you can see I went with a weekly layout for this planner and added some extra info on the opposing page. It includes blog statistics, websites and inspiration, post ideas and notes, tweets, pinterest pins, and additional notes. Although this planner does have a 2015 year at a glance, it doesn’t have any dates so you can print and use as needed no matter what year it is! Print & Assemble: After downloading, print the planner by printing the odd pages starting with page 1. Then flip the pages and print the even pages on the backs. Next take the document to the Office Supply … [Read more...]

DEC
23
2014

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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    Hello amazing readers! I’m so excited for the holidays, and even though we’re taking some time as a family to celebrate the birth of our Savior, I wanted to put up a fun post today to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and an amazing new year! I pray that you have a blessed time with friends and family this season and that you keep Jesus the center of all festivities! We’ve actually been sick last week, but thankfully everyone is well now and Christmas is ON! We’ll be heading up to my parents home tonight to celebrate with my family. Then tomorrow we’ll go over to celebrate with Jason’s family. We look forward to seeing everyone and spending time together, enjoying amazing food, fun presents, and great fellowship as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! I thought it would be fun to leave you all with a festive video so you can see what it’s like around our house this time of year. And stick around until the end for a special message from … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2014

Festive Milk & Donuts!

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Yes, you heard me, milk and…um…donuts. What’s better than milk and cookies you ask? Milk and donuts!   Oh dear, when I saw these sweet little glass milk jars I just couldn’t resist. I knew I had to make up a festive little snack just so I could use them! So here we go with another fun and easy holiday treat.   You will need: Glass milk jars milk (flavor of your choice) mini-donuts (My kids preferred the powdered sugar donuts overall.) Optional: Festive red & white striped straws   Directions: Pour milk into your glass, and add a straw. Carefully top the straw with your choice of mini-donut and serve!   A few people opted for popcorn instead of donuts which was fine too!   Honestly I don’t know if there’s an easier snack out there that can be this cute! And if you’re really hooked on the whole milk and cookie concept, those little Keebler Fudge Stripes would probably be super cute too! Hope you enjoy this simple … [Read more...]

DEC
21
2014

Cookie in a Jar Recipe

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Good morning everyone! Looking for a last minute easy gift idea? Look no further! Today I have this adorable Holiday Cookie in a Jar recipe to share with you! These are not only super cute, but they’re also delicious! So read on to see how we made these lovely gifts for our friends and neighbors. I have to admit, I’ve seen this idea all over the place, but I’ve never made them myself! So I thought now would be a great time, and I have to say, these are seriously quick to put together, so if you’ve waited until the last minute and need something quick, but still awesome, this is for you! Of course we had to make a batch just to make sure they turned out good. Also so we could get pictures and all. I know, it’s a rough job, but someone had to do it. So let’s get started shall we? You will need: (Recipe is for 1 jar) 1 1/3 c. all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. rolled oats (I used instant and they worked just fine!) … [Read more...]

DEC
19
2014

How to Winterize your Nails & Giveaway

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Dry hands and cuticles? Don’t worry I have some tips for you today! This one is for not only the ladies out there, but the men too so don’t close your browser too fast boys! It’s winter time, and I don’t know about you, but my hands are super dry and that includes my cuticles and nails. I’m sure it has much to do with all of the hand washing and sanitizing I make everyone do during cold and flu season. I’m like the hand washing ninja these days. Just ask my kids they’ll tell you. And let’s face it, my husband isn’t asking for too many back rubs with my dry scratchy hands. And that’s no bueno. So just as I was lamenting about the sad state of my cuticles, I received this handy winterizing tip from  Julep Nail Polish.  What great timing, right? And since it’s a weekend…and I like to share random fun things on weekends…I thought a nail care post might just help out a few folks. And don’t worry, this isn’t a sponsored post, I just thought I’d share a little hand care tips … [Read more...]

DEC
18
2014

DIY Festive North Pole Snacks

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Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying all of my fun Christmas-y posts as of late! And today I have another one for you. These adorable North Pole Snacks are not only easy to make, but I think they turned out super cute too. I will say that they were a little on the sweet side, but hey, it’s Christmas right?   Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the North Pole Snack video here!     Ingredients: Marshmallows Marshmallow fluff Candy canes (Break off the curved ends so you have straight sticks.) Red hots or red m&ms White crystal sugar sprinkles   Directions: Place your marshmallows on a plate. Stab each marshmallow with a candy cane. (Snap the curved ends off to create a straight stick.) Carefully spread marshmallow fluff onto each marshmallow then roll them in the sugar crystals. (Hint: You can roll them in any kind of sprinkles you want, go crazy!) Spread a little … [Read more...]